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National Geographic, Ministry of Education bring Earth Day to life in UAE with ‘State of the Planet’ initiative

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, April 29 - 2009 @ 11:59

A team from the National Geographic Channel (NGC), the Ministry of Education & Dubai School Agency visited Bader Boys School and Nad Al-Hamar girls School and showcased the National Geographic Earth Report – State of the Planet’ documentary; a brand new documentary which investigates the impact that development has had on the environment and discusses what is being done to protect the planet.

Representatives from the NGC, the Ministry & Dubai School Agency then went on to interact with the students, giving them tips and information on how they can do their own bit towards environmental protection in the UAE; including by recycling, switching off all lights and electricity when not required, and saving water.

Ahmad Abdul Rahman, Director of the Department of Student Activities, Ministry of Education commented on the initiative, “It is very important for today’s students to learn about such pressing issues like the environment and its protection, as the younger generation – the future of tomorrow – have an intrinsic role to play in the protection of our planet. We encourage hands-on learning for all students, and the screening of the National Geographic documentary, along with the talk from the team, really brought these important issues to life.”

Rohit D’Silva, Rohit D’Silva, General Manager of Fox International Channels Middle East, commented:

“At National Geographic, we are committed to developing and screening documentaries that focus on science and on the widely diverse natural, historical and cultural features that make up our planet. Moreover, we are committed to using these documentaries to bring these features to life, in the communities that we operate in. Earth Day provided the ideal opportunity to reach out to students in the UAE and showcase the State of the Planet documentary, which really takes the pulse of our planet and clearly highlights its current condition.”

Designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, Earth Day was first started in the United States in 1970, and is today celebrated in countries across the globe.

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